Finding a new gym can be difficult and intimidating, especially if you’re not super experienced. There are a lot of things to consider. Here, we’ve broken down some of the most important aspects to help you find a gym that’s right for you.
This is probably one of the most important aspects when picking a gym. You don’t want to completely break the bank on a fitness center with top-of-the-line equipment and an abundance of amenities, especially if you’re not going to use it all. Decide how much you can reasonably pay each month for a quality gym. Understand that some centers will be dirt cheap, but they still might not be a great deal. It’s worth paying a slightly higher price for a clean, well-stocked gym.
The location of the gym is right there after price on the level of importance. If you have to go too far out of your way to get to the gym each day, chances are you won’t go often. Look for facilities that are near your house, office or on a route you take daily. When you’re driving by your gym every day, it’s hard to make excuses not to stop in for a quick workout.
The size of the gym is important. Some people like large gyms with lots of other people and movement. They like the social aspect and may like making friends at the gym. Others want a small, quiet facility where they can go and work out in peace. Figure out what you want and need in a workout space.
You’ll also need to look at the physical size of the space. If this is a gym in a large, urban area that could attract a lot of people, be wary if it’s too small. That could lead to long wait times for machines and equipment.
Like the size of the gym, the amount of equipment it has matters. Are there enough machines to support the number of people there? Will there be long wait times for your favorite pieces of equipment? You don’t want to waste too much time at the gym waiting in lines. You’ll also want to make sure that the equipment is quality and up-to-date. Old machines can be dangerous, as can cheaply made ones.
Some people want their gym to offer more than just a few cardio machines and some weights. If you like taking group classes or want a personal trainer, look into what each gym offers. If classes are available, do they cost extra? Do you have to use one of the gym’s trainers, or can you bring someone else in to work with you? Choose the gym with the best selection of options for you.
This is probably the least important part of choosing a new gym, but amenities can make or break you gym experience. A nice locker room, clean showers and space to safely store your things are crucial. Some gyms also have lap pools, hot tubs, saunas and smoothie bars. Many are starting to have spaces for childcare. Look for the amenities that you would use and that would make working out regularly easier and more appealing to you.
Many gyms allow you to use their facility for free for a day or even a week to try to convince you to join. Take full advantage of those offers and really try to figure out which one is the best fit. Plus, you’ll get a few weeks of gym access with no cost!